A devastating and timely novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past – and the price of letting it go.
‘An Ocean Of Minutes absolutely swept me away’
Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank.
All they have is the promise of a future together: they will find each other again in twelve years’ time, in Galveston, Texas, where the sea begins.
But when something goes wrong and Polly arrives late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Completely alone, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find him, and to discover if their love has endured.
First of all, let’s talk about the amazing cover! Isn’t. It. Beautiful. Ocean and light and life and someone in there but we’re not sure how deep or why. Adore this.
It was this that first drew me to this book and after reading the blurb I was hooked. I am a huge admirer of Sci-fi but I haven’t read any in a little while, so thought this would be a good way to regain my love and I wasn’t disappointed.
An Ocean of Minutes is dreamy as well as visceral, giving you a raw and real account of what could go wrong when amazing technology mixes with ordinary lives. Polly & Frank want to be together, but with a plague and almost two decades in the way of their relationship things get rough to put it lightly.
What I really loved about this book was how I felt completely immersed in the world that Polly is transported into and even though she has only jumped a few years how it felt like everything has changed and how sick she felt trying to navigate her way through it. It all felt so close and real. She has got the mix of romance, literary and science fiction just right!
I won’t give too much away as I don’t want to spoil the ending, but this is a novel that you can feel pulsating around you and ultimately about how far you would go for someone you love.
This book is out on Thursday 28th June – get yourself a copy!
About the Author
An Ocean of Minutes is Thea Lim’s debut novel.
Her writing has been published by the Southampton Review, GRIST, the Guardian, Salon, the Millions, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader and many others. She has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work, including artists’ grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her novella The Same Woman was released by Invisible Publishing in 2007. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston and she previously served as nonfiction editor at Gulf Coast. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing.
Check out her website: http://thealim.org/ or follow her on twitter @thea_lim
Massive thanks to Quercus Books & Ana McLaughlin for sending me a proof copy of this book to read before publication, a huge thanks to you for reading my post and finally a GINORMOUS thanks to Thea for writing the book!